Stacey Champion tried to mail a poodle to Georgia in an airless box

Categories: Animals
(Not this poodle. You don't mess with this poodle.)
Stacey Champion showed up at the post office on 12th Street North in downtown Minneapolis last Tuesday and tried to send a poodle to Georgia in a Priority Mail box with no air or food.

Postal workers realized something was wrong when Champion paid for the shipping, left, and then the box fell to the floor of its own accord.

This is a four-month-old poodle mix, to give you an idea of the size of the dog in the box.
Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer told us this morning he'd never heard of such a thing before, and neither, apparently had the postal inspector.

Champion told police she was sending the animal as a gift. But even by Priority Mail, the dog would likely have died before it ever saw the light of day again. Besides having no food or water, it would have traveled in the unheated, unpressurized belly of a jetliner. Some gift.

Postal workers rescued the four-month-old Schnauzer poodle mix before it was shipped out. The abandoned Schnoodle pup is now at a shelter and up for adoption.

Champion, 39, was cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty, but she may potentially face more serious federal charges. We will continue to follow this story as it develops.

UPDATE: Photo of "Guess," the four-month-old Schnoodle in a box, released by Minneapolis Animal Control

A Schnoodle like this was sealed up in a postal box with no food or water.

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